Google Says It Will Remove Dead Body From Google Maps

    November 19, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Update: Looks like they’ve updated the imagery now.

As previously reported, a man found an image of his murdered fourteen-year-old son’s dead body lying next to some train tracks in Google Maps in an image captured by satellite.

The image is still up at 901 Sanford Avenue, Richmond, California.

Jose Barrera, the father, said he would seek to have Google remove the image, and Google has come out and said it would make an exception to its normal policy of image removal in this case.

CNN reports:

“Our hearts go out to the family of this young boy …,” said Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps, in a written statement sent Monday to CNN and other media outlets. “Google has never accelerated the replacement of updated satellite imagery from our maps before, but given the circumstances we wanted to make an exception in this case.”

McClendon said replacing the image will take about eight days and that Google has spoken to the Barrera family “to let them know we’re working hard on the update.”

This is not the first time Google Maps has displayed bodies that appear to be dead, but in previous cases, the legitimacy of the claims have been disputed. This one, which may just be somebody sleeping, remains up.

  • http://socialmediasass.com Karla Campos

    Wow that is crazy, my condolences to the family of the boy.

  • alain

    Surely you’re not meant to actually show the image of the dead body for the sake of this story? Quite distasteful. What if the family is reading this? Just saying…

  • canadianfather

    Good for Google for removing the image it has been removed my prayers to the family and hope the killer is brought to justice

  • http://internet.mercenie.com Jitendra Kumar Sahoo

    Sorry to family of this guy, really google need to remove this type of things from google maps only for family of them.

  • http://www.rameezulhaq.com M. Rameez Ul Haq

    Oh Man! Good step Google.

  • cassy

    I’m glad they removed the image. Now it looks like someone put a memorial were the body was. If you go to this spot on google maps (37.951609,-122.360461) now you will see a white cross there.

  • http://www.canadawebservices.com/ renu

    And what about these images here on webpronews, I think @Chris you also now remove this image!